New center CAFÉ aims to spur research on climate change and health

Rachel Nethery and Daniel Braun

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston University School of Public Health were awarded a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), to create a Research Coordinating Center on climate change and health. The center’s name CAFÉ reflects the objectives to convene, accelerate, foster, and expand climate change and health research.CAFÉ aims to bolster research on climate change and health worldwide by making it easier for experts to connect with each other, to collaborate, and to share data. The faculty and staff who will be contributing to the center’s activities include professor Francesca Dominici, Rachel Nethery, assistant professor of biostatistics, Danielle Braun, principal research scientist in the Department of Biostatistics, and Leila Kamareddine, regulatory and compliance manager in the Department of Biostatistics. According to the NIEHS director Rick Woychik, “the RCC will serve as a vehicle to create an inclusive, diverse community of practice that will work collaboratively to share data and conduct innovative solutions-driven research to reduce the health impacts of climate change, especially working with communities most affected by adverse weather-related events.” The Center will will be organizing a conference for next winter to bring together climate change and health experts from all over the world.For more on CAFÉ , see this HSPH featured news story.